Linksys First to Ship Newest, Fastest Generation of MIMO-Based Products

WRT54GX4 and WPC54GX4, Available Immediately at Select Resellers, Offer Up to

Ten Times Faster Throughput and Three Times More Range Than Standard


Nov 28, 2005, 00:00 ET from Linksys

    IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Linksys(R), a Division of Cisco
 Systems, Inc., the recognized leading provider of voice, wireless and
 networking hardware for the consumer, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and
 small business customer, today announced it is shipping the first products to
 reach the market from the next generation of MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple
 Output) technology. When used together, the WRT54GX4 Wireless-G Broadband
 Router with SRX400 and WPC54GX4 Wireless-G PC Card with SRX400 can provide
 faster throughput, reduced dead spots, and increased wireless range compared
 to traditional Wireless-G networks.
     "We believe that being the first company to actually bring this new
 generation of MIMO products to market reinforces the Linksys heritage of
 offering the most advanced networking technology to our customers," said Mani
 Dhillon, director, product marketing, Linksys. "With the WRT54GX4 and
 WPC54GX4, users can utilize the fastest wireless technology available today to
 stream digital entertainment content around their homes, make business and
 personal phone calls using Voice over IP, and enjoy greater range than ever
     SRX - Speed and Range Expansion
     SRX400 products are based on MIMO technology, a key component in the
 upcoming Wireless-N standard (802.11n). By overlaying the signals of two
 Wireless-G compatible radios, MIMO has the capacity to double data transfer
 rates. The maximum wireless data transfer rates of the SRX400 actually exceed
 the capabilities of the traditional wired Ethernet 10/100 data ports that are
 in place on most computer networks.
     MIMO technology utilizes signal reflections that can hinder performance in
 typical wireless products to increase range and reduce "dead spots" in the
 wireless network, enabling the coverage area to be increased by up to three
 times that of Wireless-G.
     Friendly Neighbor Policy
     As has been always been the case with MIMO-based products from Linksys,
 SRX400 users can realize the benefits of the technology, while diminishing
 risk of reduced performance in the presence of other wireless networks. The
 WRT54GX4 dynamically enables a double-speed mode for SRX400 devices, while
 still being designed to seamlessly operate with other 802.11 certified
 wireless devices at their respective fastest available speeds. SRX Routers
 will also enhance the performance of non-SRX devices by allowing them to
 connect at further distances than standard Wireless-G routers.
     To help protect data and privacy, the WRT54GX4 can encode all wireless
 transmissions with industrial-strength WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
 encryption. It can serve as a network DHCP server, supports VPN pass-through,
 and has a powerful SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) firewall to protect
 against intruders and most known Internet attacks. Enabling these security
 features on the WRT54GX4 is easy with the Linksys Web browser-based
 configuration utility.
     Pricing and Availability
     The WRT54GX4 and WPC54GX4 are available now through Linksys e-commerce
 resellers at estimated street prices of $149.99 and $99.99 respectively. The
 products will soon also be available from retail, direct response, and VAR
     About Linksys
     Founded in 1988, Linksys, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   CSCO)
 is the recognized leader in Voice, Wireless and Ethernet networking hardware
 for consumer, SOHO and small business users. Linksys is dedicated to making
 networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-
 winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and
 applications. Linksys provides award-winning product support to its customers.
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     Note: Reference to speeds and performance are based on standards and
 specifications. Actual performance may vary based on environmental
 considerations and network configurations.
     Linksys is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc.
 and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Other brands
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